Identifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Psychological Assessments for People Seeking Cosmetic Surgery

Date produced 27 June 2018

Join our interdisciplinary panel for a discussion about the importance of collaboration for identifying and treating body dysmorphic disorder.

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Watch this facilitated panel discussion of Melanie's story to be better equipped to:

  • evaluate when a client is required to have a psychological assessment prior to cosmetic surgery
  • identify the importance of collaboration when assessing a client for cosmetic surgery
  • analyse when it is appropriate to refer a client seeking cosmetic surgery when there is an indication of an underlying psychological problem.

Review the panel of interdisciplinary experts’ bios.

  • Dr Magdalena Simonis (General Practitioner, Victoria)
  • Dr Gemma Sharp (Psychologist, Victoria)
  • Dr George Blair-West (Psychiatrist, Queensland)


  • Dr Mary Emerus

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